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Monday 6th May 2019

Weekend in numbers

Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the numbers from the weekend...

8 – Celtic sealed the Ladbrokes Premiership title with a 3-0 victory over Aberdeen on Saturday. The Hoops have now won eight league titles in a row, a run which started back in the 2011/12 campaign under the management of current boss Neil Lennon. It is just the third time in Scottish football history that a side have won eight or more consecutive league titles – the others were the nine-in-a-row campaigns of Celtic from 1965/66 to 1973/74 and Rangers between 1988/89 and 1996/97. This season’s success was Celtic’s 50th Scottish league title and moved them one step closer to a historic treble Treble.

61 – Kilmarnock defeated Heart of Midlothian 1-0 at Tynecastle to climb back up to third in the Ladbrokes Premiership table. The victory took Killie’s tally to 61 points with two games still to play - the highest in the club’s history - beating the previous record of 59 which was set last season. Steve Clarke’s men have now secured a top-four finish for the first time since 2002/03 and could still finish in the top three for the first time since 1966/67. The Ayrshire side have won nine of their last 14 away matches against Hearts, including two 1-0 victories this season.

3 – Partick Thistle thumped Queen of the South 3-0 at Palmerston to ensure their safety on a dramatic final day of the Ladbrokes Championship season. Gary Caldwell’s side were bottom of the league with 10 matches remaining but picked up five wins and three draws to finish in the relative safety of sixth place. Thistle made a particularly strong finish away from home – they were unbeaten in their final five away matches and kept clean sheets in each of the last four. The signing of Scott McDonald proved to be inspired – the veteran Australian scored seven goals in 13 appearances for the Jags after joining in February.

1 – Stenhousemuir avoided automatic relegation from Ladbrokes League 1 thanks to a 1-1 draw with Brechin City at Glebe Park. Colin McMenamin’s side knew a win or draw would leave them in ninth place, while a defeat would see Brechin leapfrog them into the play-off spot. Mark McGuigan opened the scoring for Stenhousemuir but Andy Jackson’s equaliser set up a nervy finish, particularly after the Warriors were reduced to 10 men for the final 35 minutes. Stenhousemuir made a strong finish to the campaign, losing just three of their final 12 matches. They will now face Annan Athletic in this week’s play-off semi-final.

2 – Peterhead secured the Ladbrokes League 2 title thanks to a 2-0 victory over Queen’s Park at Hampden on Saturday. Jim McInally’s side were relegated from League 1 in 2016/17, but bounced back after two years in the fourth tier. Peterhead lost just one of their last 15 matches on their way to the title – curiously enough that was against bottom club Berwick Rangers, for whom it was the only win since November. This is the second time that the Blue Toon have won the League 2 title – they also picked it up in 2013/14. They are one of five clubs who have won the fourth tier title more than once – Alloa Athletic, Arbroath, East Fife and Livingston have also won it twice.